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‘India’s fatality rate among world’s lowest’

Patient wait:A health worker waiting for patients inside a quarantine centre in Mankhurd on Friday.Emmanual Yogini

Patient wait:A health worker waiting for patients inside a quarantine centre in Mankhurd on Friday.Emmanual Yogini  

A record 6,42,588 COVID-19 tests conducted in the last 24 hours, says Health Minister

Of the total COVID-19 active case load, 0.28% patients are on ventilators, 1.61% patients required ICU support and 2.32% are on oxygen support, Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan said on Friday following the 19th meeting of the Group of Ministers (GOM) on COVID-19.

He added that India has one of the lowest case fatality rates globally, which is also steadily decreasing.

Active cases

“India has conducted a record 6,42,588 COVID-19 tests in the last 24 hours. The active cases under medical supervision are only 33.27% or approximately one-third of the total positive cases. India’s case fatality rate is also progressively reducing and currently stands at 2.18%, one of the lowest globally,” the Minister said.

National Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) Director Sujeet K. Singh, presenting the global comparison on daily cases, deaths and growth rate in the top 10 countries with the highest case load, said the overall recovery rate for India was 64.54%.

“The highest recovery rate is being recorded by Delhi at 89.08%, followed by Haryana [79.82%]. Karnataka has the lowest recovery rate of 39.36%,” he said.

Reduce mortality

Dr. Singh added that efforts were being made to reduce mortality in high case-load districts and cities as also cities showing recent upsurge like Pune, Thane, Bengaluru and Hyderabad, among others.

“The measures to be taken include revamping the strategy for effective management of containment zones through stricter perimeter control; widespread Rapid Antigen Tests; intensive and rapid door-to-door search; more isolation facilities for suspects/cases; standard case management protocols along with increase in oxygen supported beds and ventilators and assessing true burden through planned sero-surveys,” a release issued by the Health Ministry said.

The GoM was also apprised of the ramping up of the domestic production capacities of various sectors for manufacturing PPE, masks, ventilators and drugs such as hydroxychloroquine (HCQ). In terms of healthcare logistics, 268.25 lakh N95 masks, 120.40 lakh PPEs and 1,083.77 lakh HCQ tablets have been distributed to States/Union Territories and Central institutions.

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